The Obama administration has drafted a plan to shutter an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) squadron three years after it assured hesitant lawmakers that the New START U.S.-Russia arms reduction treaty would not lead to deep cuts in the ICBM force.
A new timeline prepared by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon maps out a strategy to eliminate an ICBM squadron—and destroy its missile silos—by Dec. 5, 2017. An environmental assessment would begin next month. Continue reading
Does America even know how much of a sad state the military and national security backbone is in?
If the news isn’t about the NFL, Kim Kardashian or the latest electronic gadget, the American Shopping Mall Regime either just doesn’t care or writes it off as conspiracy. Citizens get more outraged at the inability of a McDonald’s employee to calculate a simple order should the food ordering system crash, and even end up calling 911, too.
Don’t buy into the typical whitewash response of ‘everything is ok now’. This is a full-blown systematic and chronic crisis.
The Air Force swears there was no panic. But for three-quarters of an hour Saturday morning, launch control officers at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming couldn’t reliably communicate or monitor the status of 50 Minuteman III nuclear missiles. Gulp.
Backup security and communications systems, located elsewhere on the base, allowed the intercontinental ballistic missiles to be continually monitored. But the outage is considered serious enough that the very highest rungs on the chain of command — including the President — are being briefed on the incident today.
A single hardware failure appears to have been the root cause of the disruption, which snarled communications on the network that links the five launch control centers and 50 silos of the 319th Missile Squadron. Multiple error codes were reported, including “launch facility down.” Continue reading